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Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 8, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (17-61) at Chicago Bulls (58-20)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Bulls probables: PG Derrick Rose, SG Keith Bogans, SF Luol Deng, PF Carlos Boozer, C Joakim Noah
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Nick Buchert, Derrick Collins
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (groin) out. Bulls -- G Keith Bogans (knee) questionable.

Who's hot/who's not: J.J. Hickson has seven double-doubles in his last nine games. He is averaging 17 points and 14 rebounds per game this season against the Bulls. ... Starting shooting guard Anthony Parker is averaging 5.5 points in March. ... Chicago’s Derrick Rose finished with a plus/minus of plus-24 against the Celtics on Thursday and has scored at least 30 points in two of his last three games. ... Joakim Noah took just three shots and finished with two points in the victory over the Celtics.

* Semih Erden will play in his second game with the Cavs tonight. His only other appearance since the Cavs acquired him was March 6, when he played 11 minutes against the Hornets. Coach Byron Scott is going to play Erden once tonight and leave him in as long as he can. When he comes out, that will be it for the night. The groin is still bothering him, but he wants to see how he does. Depending on how sore he is when he wakes up tomorrow, he could be available to play longer minutes at Milwaukee.

* Erden says his shoulder isn't really affecting him now, but he'll still likely need surgery on it after the season. The groin should heal with time. The good news: This is the first time in his career Erden has battled groin issues.

* Samardo Samuels will not play tonight. His groin is still bothering him. Between that and his wrist, he might have a tough time getting back on the court before the season ends.

* The Cavs are 5-7 with Baron Davis in the lineup and 3-3 with him as the starter. Coach Byron Scott doesn't believe that's a coincidence. "Like I said when we got him, we were getting a steal. Not only did we get a great point guard, but we got a lottery pick," Scott said. "He’s been everything and more that we’ve talked about from day one."

* The Bulls have come a long way since they snuck into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed last year, only to be swept out by the Cavs in the first round. After their impressive win over Boston on Thursday, the Bulls have all but clinched the top seed in the East.

* They were always expected to be good, given the development of Derrick Rose and the addition of Carlos Boozer. But Rose has been better than advertised, coach Tom Thibodeau's defensive principles were quickly instilled and the Bulls quickly soared past the Celtics and Miami Heat. Scott has been a big fan of the Celtics all season and remains that way, but he has been impressed with what the Bulls have done. "They’ve probably been the steadiest team in the NBA," Scott said.

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